Past Seminar

Does Agriculture Generate Local Economic Spillovers?

Nov 8, 2012

About the Event

Does Agriculture Generate Local Economic Spillovers? Short-run and Long-run Evidence from the Ogallala Aquifer
RFF Academic Seminar
Richard Hornbeck
Assistant Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Agricultural development may support broader economic development, though agricultural expansion may also crowd-out local non-agricultural activity. On the United States Plains, areas over the Ogallala aquifer experienced windfall agricultural gains when post-WWII technologies increased farmers' access to groundwater. Comparing counties over the Ogallala with nearby similar counties, local non-agricultural sectors experienced only short-run benefits. Despite substantial persistent agricultural gains, there was no long-run expansion of local non-agricultural sectors and there are some indications of crowd-out. With the benefit of long-run historical perspective, supporting local agricultural production does not appear to generate local economic spillovers that might justify its distortionary impacts.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch will be provided.
1st Floor Conference Room
1616 P St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
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